FTA Tribal Transit Program

Transit for the Jamestown S’Kllallam Tribe in Washington State The Federal Transit Administration’s Public Transportation on Indian Reservation Roads program, or Tribal Transit Program (TTP), has provided millions of dollars to federally recognized Indian tribes to support the provision of public transportation services over the past seven years. Originally established as a discretionary funding program by SAFETEA-LU, the legislation reauthorizing federal transportation programs that was passed by Congress in 2006, the TTP was revised in 2012 with the passage of MAP-21 to include both a discretionary and a formula component.  

Formula funds were allocated to eligible tribes for the first time, in accordance with a formula outlined in MAP-21 and after consultation with Indian tribes, in federal FY2013. FTA periodically issues a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register to announce the availability of discretionary grants and provide instructions for submitting applications. Funds from both programs may be used for capital, operating, and planning projects. For federal FY2013 to FY2015, formula funding totals $25 million per year, while annual discretionary funding in each year totals $5 million.  

For more information about the TTP formula and discretionary programs, including formula funding allocations, discretionary projects awarded, and training materials, visit FTA’s website:

For lists of TTP awards for the period 2006-2014, click here

Photo credit:  Betty Oppenheimer, Jamestown S’Kllallam Tribe; Sequim, WA